Event #13: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The Dragon has Been Slain

David Pham
David Pham

David "The Dragon" Pham was all in for his last 2,650 with {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Burt Boutin made the call holding {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. A player in Seat 4 then went all in himself with {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}, for only 225 more.

The flop was good for Boutin when it came {J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{J-Hearts}, but the {K-Spades} on the turn put Seat 4 in the lead. Neither Pham nor Boutin were helped by the {A-Diamonds} on the river. Seat 4 tripled up while Pham was eliminated.

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Schwartz and Kim: Together Again

We don't know if they've played together since, but the last time we saw Kelly Kim and Ylon Schwartz play together was at the 2008 Main Event final table. Either way, they've found their way to the same table again today. We'll keep you posted on how things develop.

"That is Why They Pay Me the Big Bucks"


Phil Hellmuth raised under the gun to 450 and was reraised by the player in Seat 7 to 1,150. The player in Seat 8 then made it 2,525 to go.

Action folded back to Hellmuth who started to give one of his infamous speeches. Hellmuth then looked at our field reporter and flashed {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. "That is why they pay me the big bucks here," he said before tossing them into the muck.

Hellmuth is now down to abround 2,800.

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The Razor Cuts One Down


John "The Razor" Phan called an opponent's all in bet for about 1,600. Phan held {2-Clubs}{2-Spades} and was racing against his opponent's {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {K-Hearts}{4-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Phan took down the pot. He is now up to 6,900.

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Deuce Good Enough For Hellmuth

We heard Phil Hellmuth yell "Deuce" after he and another player checked the turn and ran over to see a board reading {6-Spades}{a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Sure enough, the river was the {2-Clubs}. Hellmuth said "wow" before firing 675 into the pot. The player in the cutoff called, but mucked when Hellmuth turned over {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

The hand saw Hellmuth climb to 4,000.

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Stein's Counterfeiting Operation Pays

When we got to the table the board read {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. Sam "KingKobeMVP" Stein checked and his opponent shoved for 8,025 into a pot of only 2,500. Stein made a huge call, as we'd see when the cards were turned.

Cutoff: {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Stein: {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

Stein had a lot of catching up to do. The turn was the {j-Spades}, which didn't change much. However when the {j-Clubs} came on the river, Stein made a better two pair and is now up to 17,500 chips.

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Hellmuth Clawing Back


Phil Hellmuth recently called from the small blind with a limper in front of him. The big blind checked and the three of them saw a flop of {2-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}. Hellmuth checked, the small blind bet 600, and the player in the cut off folded.

Hellmuth called the 600 and then moved all in for 1,225 when the {Q-Spades} hit the turn. The big blind thought about it but decided to fold. Hellmuth is now up to 3,025.

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Esfandiari Triples Up, Le Out

Edward Brogdon raised to 550 in early position and Antonio Esfandiari shoved for 2,275 from his immediate left. Not to be outdone, Nam Le shoved for his entire stack of 4,500. If you thought the action was going to stop there, you were wrong. The player in Seat 9 had everyone covered and went all in as well. Brogdon made the fold and we saw three hands turn over.

Esfandiari: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Nam Le: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Seat 9: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Spades} and Esfandiari begged the dealer for an ace. It came when the turn brought the {a-Hearts}. The {9-Diamonds} on the river gave Esfandiari the best hand, while Le was knocked out.

Esfandiari now has about 8,000 chips

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Grinder Off to Play 10k Stud

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was anxious to get over the Amazon Room so he could take part in today's $10,000 stud hi-low split event. He had his entire stack of 1,125 on the line when he shoved preflop with {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. He got a call from a player showing {a-Spades}{7-Clubs} and the ace-high hand held through the board. Don't feel too bad for Mizrachi, though, he's having a good series.

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